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In his autobiography, Roger Moore said that when they were filming the boat chase on the klongs, he fell in twice. The first was on purpose (because they told him not to do it), and the second time was by accident. On the second fall, Moore made the mistake of opening his eyes under water, and saw what the local undertakers did with the bodies of the less fortunate.
One of the lowest-grossing Bond films. That fact, combined with behind-the-scenes problems, nearly made this the final Bond film, and delayed production of the next entry in the series, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
Travelling to Los Angeles for the Johnny Carson show to promote the film, Christopher Lee had his golden gun confiscated by US customs.
According to Roger Moore, Guy Hamilton wanted to toughen Bond up more in order to be closer to Ian Fleming's original intent for the character. One of the ways was by having Bond twist the arm of Andrea Anders behind her back, and threaten to break it unless she told him what he wanted to know. Moore didn't enjoy filming the scene, feeling that Bond would have instead charmed the information out of her. Another scene Moore didn't enjoy was pushing the boy into the water during the boat chase.
Roger Moore and Lois Maxwell, who plays Miss Moneypenny, are former classmates.
Christopher Lee wore full body makeup to give the appearance of having a tan.
The island used as filming location for the Scaramanga's beach house (Phang Nga Bay, Thailand) is known as "James Bond Island".
In the Ian Fleming James Bond novels, Mary Goodnight is a regular character like Miss Moneypenny. She is actually James Bond's secretary or personal assistant. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) is the only James Bond movie in which she appears. Britt Ekland auditioned for the role of Scaramanga's mistress, but landed the Goodnight role after posing in a bikini. Mary Goodnight drives a car of the model known as MG, the same initials as herself.
"The Man With The Golden Gun" was the thirteenth and final complete James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming. It was the first and only one of his full James Bond novels to be published posthumously. Some sources claim that it was unfinished at the time of his death whereas other experts such as Andrew Lycett and John Cork maintain that Fleming had completed it before he died. It is of controversial debate as to whether Fleming wrote the novel completely himself or whether other(s) were involved. Fleming's own personal correspondence from the period indicates that he had in fact completed the novel and submitted it to his publisher before his death. The correspondence also indicates that Fleming was not pleased with the novel and was considering retiring from writing Bond novels, because he feared he had lost his edge.
John Barry regretted adding a whistle to the car stunt.
Harry Saltzman wanted an elephant stampede in the movie so Bond and Scaramanga could chase each other on elephant back. The rest of the creative team balked at the idea, but Saltzman went to see an elephant trainer. It turns out that elephants need a special shoe on their feet to protect them from rough surfaces when they work. A few months later, while filming in Thailand, Albert R. Broccoli got a call saying his elephant shoes were ready. Saltzman had ordered about 2,600 pairs of them. The sequence was not in the movie, but the man who made the shoe had not been paid. As of 1990, Eon Productions still owed him.
This is the James Bond movie on which the partnership between Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli is said to have deteriorated. Roger Moore stated in his DVD audio-commentary that this predominantly occurred behind closed doors.
The title role was originally offered to Jack Palance, before it eventually went to Christopher Lee, the cousin of Ian Fleming who was known as the Man with the Golden Pen. (Fleming had previously offered Lee the title role in Dr. No (1962), the first James Bond movie.)
Scaramanga's island hideout has since become a tourist attraction. During filming, the island was deserted.
While on location in Thailand, Roger Moore found a cave full of bats. He couldn't resist seeking out Christopher Lee, telling him what he had found and joking "Master, they are yours to command!" Lee appreciated the joke.
John Barry regarded this as his weakest score.
Though Bond and Scaramanga are enemies in the film, Roger Moore and Christopher Lee in real life were close friends, dating back to the early days of their respective professional acting careers.
As a joke on Desmond Llewelyn, Roger Moore wrote fake dialogue for Q, and then gave it to the script girl to give to Llewelyn after he had spent a whole month learning his lines and was about to come on set.
The cork-screw car jump was apparently conceived years before the movie went into production. Researchers at Cornell University were studying rollover collisions for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and they did a computer simulation of the barrel roll stunt used in the film. Race car driver Jay Milligan, who is the promoter of the American Thrill Show during the 1960s and 1970s with the sponsorship of the American Motors Corporation, did actually perform the barrel roll stunt, known as the Astro Spiral Jump and it debuted on January 12, 1972 at the Houston Astrodome using an AMC Javelin. Milligan was contacted by Albert R. Broccoli during an American Thrill Show performance in Hershey, Pennsylvania where he wanted the stunt performed in a James Bond film. The producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli allegedly took out patents and copyrights on the stunt as they did not wish it to appear in another movie before they had used it. The 360-degree car-spiraling jump over a canal was performed in just one take by uncredited British stuntman 'Bumps' Williard as 8 cameras simultaneously captured the spectacle. So potentially hazardous was the nature of the stunt, divers, ambulances and cranes were on standby alert in case of any catastrophic consequences. The stunt was so rapid that the film is shown in slow motion. Williard was given a large bonus for completing the jump on the first take. Jay Milligan did actually perform the driving stunts with the AMC Hornet used in the film - AMC provided 15 vehicles used in the film (some of them where AMC Matador police cars). There were two AMC Hornets used for the spiral jump stunt and one of them is still owned by Jay Milligan - which is the backup vehicle while the other one is in a museum. The jump is also credited with being the first stunt ever to be calculated by computer modeling.
The martial arts scenes were added to the script, because the genre was becoming popular at the time of filming.
The golden gun was manufactured by special effects wizard John Stears from a number of tobacco and men's accessories such as a cigarette case, fountain pen and cigarette lighter. During the 1950s, KGB agents were issued with miniature one shot .22 calibre guns compacted in cigarette cases .
Hervé Villechaize lamented to Roger Moore that whenever he stayed at a hotel, he could never get a room above the first floor. When Moore asked him why, he said it was because he couldn't reach the buttons in the lift.
"The Man with the Golden Gun" was the last novel Ian Fleming wrote. The film bears virtually no relation to the book, other than the name of Scaramanga, his third nipple, his golden gun, his occupation as an assassin, and a brief monologue about the shooting of an elephant when Scaramanga was younger. Even the locale was shifted from Jamaica, as that location had already been used for Dr. No (1962) and Live and Let Die (1973). Scaramanga was changed from an American hood into a more urbane methodical assassin, more akin to Bond himself.
According to the Inside 'The Man with the Golden Gun' (2000) documentary on the DVD version of this movie, during production on the fifth James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967), producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman had originally intended for this film to be the sixth entry in the Bond series. It was to be shot in Cambodia and Roger Moore was considered to fill Sean Connery's shoes as the second James Bond. However, the Vietnam War caused the producers to change plans and pick On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) as the sixth Bond film instead.
Harry Saltzman sold his 50% share of the Bond series to United Artists to alleviate the very large financial difficulties he was in.
First James Bond movie to be shown at the Kremlin. According to Roger Moore in his audio commentary, apparently when the movie had finished, one Russian official turned around and said "We didn't train him [Scaramanga] very well". The Scaramanga character in the James Bond universe was recruited by and acted as a hit-man for the KGB.
This is the last Bond film to be shot/shown in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
Whilst shooting in Thailand, the cast and crew were unwittingly housed in a bordello.
The source of the name "Scaramanga" originates in the name of a man that James Bond creator Ian Fleming knew called Pandia Scaramanga. He had met him and stayed at his house on the island of Hydra in the Greek isles. Reportedly, Fleming sought permission from him to use his surname, indicating that he would be James Bond's adversary in "The Man With The Golden Gun". The real Scaramanga apparently responded: "I certainly do not mind you using my name but please do not to kill me."
Prior to this movie, Hervé Villechaize was so poor that he was living out of his car in Los Angeles.
Guy Hamilton admitted that he added the slide whistle to the car roll because he didn't think there was a way the audiences would take such stunt seriously. He has since regretted this.
Last Bond film to be co-produced by Harry Saltzman.
This solar energy crisis themed James Bond movie would be the last environmentally themed Bond film until Quantum of Solace (2008).
While doing the title sequence, Maurice Binder ran into a problem with one of the nude models. Her pubic hair was sticking up when they needed it flat. After a few minutes of her trying and failing to get it right, Binder smeared her pubic hair with Vaseline. She gave Binder the brush and told him to fix the hair to how he needed it. The whole thing was seen by Roger Moore and Harry Saltzman, causing Moore to turn to Saltzman and quip, "If you're the producer of this film, you're not getting the perks!"
Last James Bond movie to be directed by Guy Hamilton.
Christopher Lee named Francisco Scaramanga as one of his favourite roles.
In earlier versions of the script, the character of Nick Nack played by Hervé Villechaize was originally called Demi Tasse and Hai Fat had a business partner called Lo Fat, a character which was scrapped.
Roger Moore and Albert R. Broccoli would often hit the casinos in between takes. Usually to play at the roulette tables.
One of the earlier rumored titles for later James Bond film Spectre (2015) which proved false was the title "Devil May Care". This is the name of an actual retrospective 2008 James Bond novel by Sebastian Faulks set in 1967 and is actually a book sequel to James Bond creator Ian Fleming's novel of The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
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The idea of a "Golden Gun" in the James Bond universe predates both the 1965 novel and movie of The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). Ian Fleming's villain Auric Goldfinger in both the 1959 novel and then the movie Goldfinger (1964) brandished a golden pistol whilst disguised as a military major.
The Bangkok canals and waterways seen in this movie are known as the Klongs.
The spiral "Javelin Jump" was performed by a modified 1974 Hornet X: special suspension, a six cylinder engine (for reduced weight), and a centered steering wheel.
The last scene filmed was Bond trying to steal the golden bullet from the belly-dancer's navel.
Long-time DP Ted Moore quit halfway through the production, either through illness or disagreements with the producers depending on who you ask. Ernest Day acted as DP for about a week before Oswald Morris came on board (though none of the footage shot by Day made it into the final film).
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Two scenes written by Richard Maibaum were either eliminated or shortened before filming began:
  • The first had Q at Hong Kong airport trying to persuade Bond to use a gadget-laden camera on his trip to Thailand and being forced to admit that the one thing it couldn't do was take photographs.


  • The second set of changes were made to the climactic battle between Bond and Scaramanga which was originally planned to be much longer.


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According to British production designer, Peter Murton, the sequence where Scaramanga's car transforms into a light airplane was accomplished in the editing room. Wings were attached to the actual car and a stuntman drove the carplane to the runway. At this point the film editor simply cut to a radio-controlled model built by John Stears.
Alice Cooper's "Muscle of Love" album has a song "Man With the Golden Gun" on it. The CD version includes notes claiming it was to be the theme song of the movie, but the producers opted for the version sung by Lulu instead.
The novel reveals M's true name for the first time - Miles Messervy. In the film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Gogol addresses M as "Miles", but his last name Messervy is never revealed in any of the films.
During the belly dancer scene, Moore was wearing a brand new suit. When the scene was finished, as a gag, Albert R. Broccoli got on a ladder, and poured a bucket of paste all over Moore's new suit.
During shooting, the cast and crew had to take a one hour boat ride to the set. They decided to leave their equipment overnight, and employed two security guards to watch over it. One night, Roger Moore said that two large generators were stolen. The guards claimed they saw nothing.
On first meeting Bond in the car, Lieutenant Hip's nieces greet him in two different languages. Niece #2 says "Sawadee ka" (Thai for "Hello" and "Goodbye") and Niece #1 says "Ni hao ma" (Mandarin for "How are you?"). Also in second meeting, niece #2 says "He is handsome" in Thai and Niece #1 replies in Mandarin. It is quite bizarre as they appear to communicate each in her own language
The original plan was to shoot in Iran. This was partly inspired by Albert Lamorisse's film The Red Balloon (1956). The start of the Yom Kippur War was an instrumental reason in calling off the idea of filming there. Southeast Asia was the new location chosen.
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Filming began on November 6, 1973 with a double filling in for Roger Moore who wasn't scheduled to begin shooting until April, 1974.
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Eleventh James Bond film and the ninth in the EON Productions official film series. Second James Bond film to star Roger Moore as James Bond, the 11th to feature Bernard Lee as M and Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny and the 9th to feature Desmond Llewelyn as Q.
This movie sees two Swedish actresses: Maud Adams (Scaramanga's mistress) and Britt Ekland (Mary Goodnight). Adams would later star in Octopussy (1983) (as the title character) with two other Swedish actresses (Kristina Wayborn and Mary Stavin) and appear yet again in A View to a Kill (1985) as an extra. Stavin also makes an appearance in A View to a Kill (1985).
When Bond says, "The energy crisis is still with us," to M, that had a lot of truth to it. Britain had not yet overcome the oil crisis of 1973, as it had not yet had North Sea oil and gas flowing through its pipelines
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In both the source novel and this film, the Scaramanga character has an additional nipple which in reality can be a real biological occurrence. It is known as a supernumerary nipple but can also be called an accessory nipple or third nipple. The medical name for such can be either polythelia or polymastia. In this movie though, it is referred to as a superfluous papilla. In the James Bond parody movie Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), the Goldmember character also has a third nipple.
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The Bottoms Up strip club kept the same interior used in the film until it closed in 2004.
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Scaramanga's solar gun fires an invisible laser beam because the special effects team didn't have the money to make the "golden beam of laser light" the script called for.
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The energy crisis storyline was inspired by media stories of such current events of the time.
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Eight years earlier, Britt Ekland's then husband Peter Sellers played James Bond's double in Casino Royale (1967).
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Take a good look at the cowboy dummy in Scaramanga's play room. It looks a lot like Roger Moore wearing a handlebar moustache.
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Felix Leiter appeared in the novel, but is absent from the film. He would not appear in Bond film again until The Living Daylights (1987).
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Product placements, brand integrations and promotional tie-ins for this movie include American Motors Company (AMC); Dom Perignon Champagne; The Bottoms Up Club, Hong Kong; Sony; The Peninsula Hong Kong Hotel; Nikon; Moët; The Floating Macau Palace; Tabasco Sauce; Rolex Watches, James Bond wears a Rolex Submariner 5513; Dunlop; Pepsi and Guinness Beer.
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Final film of Richard Loo.
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A shot with a Golden Gun results in a certain one shot one kill in such James Bond video games as GoldenEye (1997), James Bond in Agent Under Fire (2001), 007: Nightfire (2002), GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004), James Bond 007: From Russia with Love (2005), James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (2003) and The World Is Not Enough (2000). In the Nintendo 64 version of The World Is Not Enough (2000), the Golden Gun must be assembled from the cigarette case, fountain pen and cigarette lighter, as in this movie. Similarly, a move with a Golden Revolver also results in a guaranteed kill in the video game Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico (2005). Moreover, in the video game Killer7 (2005), the hero can utilize a Golden Gun which will in one shot exterminate all of his adversaries. Finally, in the video game Saints Row: The Third (2011), entering the cheat code "goldengun" will make all weapons in the game one-hit kills. Neither Total Overdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico (2005)nor Killer7 (2005) or Saints Row: The Third (2011) are James Bond universe video games.
Francisco Scaramanga is also known as "Pistols" Scaramanga and "Paco" (from the Spanish diminutive for Francisco) in the Ian Fleming novel, "The Man With Golden Gun". The Scaramanga character also appears in the video game GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004) in which Christopher Lee reprises his role and provides his voice. Scaramanga is also a playable character in the multi-player section of 007: Nightfire (2002).
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The game shown at the casino during the bullet drop off is a Chinese dice game called "Sic Bo". The baskets featured in the same scene are used to allow more players in the game by dropping and receiving bet money for the players on the top level.
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A poster for the movie being released for Christmas 1974 promised "A Christmas Present From James Bond". The present was, as the ad read: "A solid gold fountain pen that screws into the body of a gold cigarette lighter. A gold cigarette case that is snapped into place to form a handle. A solid gold cuff link that becomes the trigger. A single gold bullet that is placed in the chamber". The present of course was the Golden Gun. And the poster's tagline then read: "The Man With The Golden Gun Is Ready To Assassinate James Bond".
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The novel "The Man With The Golden Gun" was adapted as a comic strip in the Daily Express newspaper in England from 10 January to 10 September 1966. It was written by Jim Lawrence and illustrated by Yaroslav Horak and has been reprinted on more than one occasion.
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The Royal World Premiere of The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) was held on Thursday 19th December 1974 at the Odeon Theatre, Leicester Square, London in the presence of Prince Philip who was the Guest of Honour.
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Vehicles featured included various American Motors cars including two American Motors Cassini (AMC) Coupés, a red 1974 AMC Hornet X Hatchback Special Coupé which performs the spiral loop jump and a brown and gold 1974 AMC Matador X Coupé which became a car-plane which was based on the Aerocar International's Aerocar or Taylor Aerocar; a fleet of green Peninsula Hotel Rolls Royce Silver Shadows; a Cairo Taxi; an MGB; Mercedes-Benz 240D; Longtail Boats riding the Bangkok floating market's canals and waterways known as the Klongs; Scaramanga's diesel-engine Chinese Junk; a Republic RC-3 SeaBee seaplane; and a Hong Kong Harbour Patrol Boat.
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In the fight in the dancer's dressing-room, Roger Moore sprays one of the villains in the face with an aerosol can of what is clearly Brut-33, a nod to the Fabergé company with which Moore was associated.
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The canted sets such as the funhouse and the Queen Elizabeth had inspiration from German Expressionism films such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920).
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The original teaser trailer features a short scene not used in the final film: While Bond is chasing Scaramanga on his island, he throws a Molotov cocktail and shoot it to explode into a ball of flames. The duel was shortened, as the producers felt it was causing pacing problems.
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Speaking to Robert Osborne of The Hollywood Reporter [12 April 1982], Albert R. Broccoli noted that "I can't say there is a single [Bond film] I'd like to completely redo if I had the chance, although there are parts of The Man With the Golden Gun I'd change."
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Three Golden Gun props were made; a solid piece, one that could be fired with a cap and one that could be assembled and disassembled, although Christopher Lee said that the process "was extremely difficult."
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On 10 October 2008, it was discovered that one of the golden guns used in the film, which is estimated to be worth around £80,000, was missing (suspected stolen) from Elstree Props, a company based at Hertfordshire studios.
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The literal translations of some of this film's foreign language titles include 007 Against The Man With The Golden Gun (Brazil); The Man With The Golden Colt (Germany); 007 And The Golden Gun (Finland) and 007 Versus The Golden Gun (China)
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Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland both starred in The Wicker Man (1973).
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Portraying Scaramanga, Christopher Lee is the only ever the Bond villain actually personally related to James Bond's creator Ian Fleming (they were cousins).
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Race car driver Jay Milligan drove the AMC Hornet during the chase scenes in Bangkok, Thailand - with the exception of the barrel roll stunt performed by 'Bumps' Williard in the film. 15 AMC vehicles (which ranged from AMC Matador police cars painted in the black and white livery similar to the color scheme used by the Los Angeles Police Department, an AMC Matador coupe, and a few AMC Hornets - some of them modified for stunts) were used in the film.
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The scene where Bond disables his pursuers from the martial arts dojo was filmed in Thon Buri, Thailand.
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Guy Hamilton decided to put Marc Lawrence, whom he had worked with on Diamonds Are Forever (1971), to play a gangster shot dead by Scaramanga at the start of the film, because he found it an interesting idea to "put sort of a Chicago gangster in the middle of Thailand".
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Bond and Scaramanga's duel was inspired by Shane (1953).
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Thailand was chosen as a primary location, following a suggestion of production designer Peter Murton after he saw pictures of the Phuket bay in a magazine. Harry Saltzman was happy with the choice of the Far East for the setting as he had always wanted to go on location in Thailand and Hong Kong.
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The destruction of the facility was a combination of practical effects on the set and a destruction of the miniature. Derek Meddings based the island blowing up on footage of the Battle of Monte Cassino.
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The Republic RC-3 SeaBee seaplane which Bond uses to fly to the Scaramanga's lair, donated by a wealthy American James Bond fan (though only on the condition he fly it himself. Which he did, all the way from the United States to Thailand).
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The final mention of Ernst Stavro Blofeld in a James Bond creator Ian Fleming story, was at the start of Fleming's "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1965) book, his final full Bond novel.
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The same 1974 year's romantic spy film, The Tamarind Seed (1974), utilized two key major creative personnel who had been synonymous with the official James Bond film franchise: John Barry, who composed the film's score, was a composer of many of the Bond movie's music scores up until The Living Daylights (1987), whilst Maurice Binder, who designed the opening titles sequence, had done the same for most of the Bond films up until Licence to Kill (1989). Moreover, actor Terence Plummer, who played a KGB Agent in The Tamarind Seed (1974), portrayed a Beirut thug in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), and later, one of Elliot Carver's thugs in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) - both parts uncredited. About 007 other crew members worked on both The Tamarind Seed (1974) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
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Principal photography didn't begin until April 1974 but scenes involving the wreckage of the Queen Elizabeth vessel were shot in Hong Kong Harbour on 6 November 1973.
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The Queen Elizabeth wreckage in Hong Kong harbor, the Hong Kong base of M.I.6 in the film, was launched in 1938. It was the the-then largest passenger ship ever built. It was refurbished as a floating university until it was destroyed in a blaze by arsonists in 1972.
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The second unit, still shooting in Bangkok, was forced to return to England a few days early, when political unrest erupted in the city.
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Adolph Hitler had a gold plated Liliput pistol, a very small semi-auto pistol with beautiful engravings. Although this golden gun was in a standard caliber, the Liliput was more famous for it's now obsolete 4.25mm Liliput rounds (the smallest mass produced center fire rounds of the age.)

While Q and his staff are checking out Scaramanga's ballistics, they tell Bond that it is a very rare 4.2mm which would be about the size of the little Liliput. However, the insert shot of the box of shells given up by the gunsmith in the film were much larger.
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Later after both "The Man with the Golden Gun" novel was published and this movie was made, two James Bond novels were written with similar title prefixes beginning "The Man..." . These are 1991's "The Man From Barbarossa" by John Gardner and 2002's "The Man with the Red Tattoo" by Raymond Benson.
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The Golden Gun consisted of a number of gold components from Pistols Scaramanga's personal effects. These included: A gold 15 x 1.5 cm fountain pen which became the gun barrel; a 8 x 4 cm gold cigarette lighter which formed the hammer and bullet chamber; a 10 x 6 cm gold cigarette case doubled as the gun's magazine hand grip (or gun butt or handle); whilst a solid gold cuff link from his shirt cuff was adjoined to the cigarette case turned into the gun's trigger. In the movie, custom made 23 carat golden bullets with nickel trace elements were manufactured for the gun by Eastern expert Portugese gunsmith Lazar.
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Like Dr. No (1962), this film has Bond using a pillow-trick. He does this in the book "The Spy Who Loved Me".
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Britt Ekland had been interested in playing a Bond girl since she had seen Dr. No (1962), and contacted the producers about the main role of Mary Goodnight.
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Guy Hamilton met Maud Adams in New York, and cast her because "she was elegant and beautiful that it seemed to me she was the perfect Bond girl".
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When Britt Ekland read the news that Maud Adams had been cast, she became upset, thinking Adams had been selected to play Goodnight. Albert R. Broccoli then called Ekland to invite her for the main role, as after seeing her in a film, Broccoli thought Ekland's "generous looks" made her a good contrast to Adams.
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Britt Ekland auditioned for the role of Andrea Anders, but landed the Goodnight role after posing in a bikini.
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Tony Bramwell, who worked for Harry Saltzman's music-publishing company "Hilary Music", wanted Elton John or Cat Stevens to sing the title song. However, by this time the producers were taking turns producing the films; Albert R. Broccoli - whose turn it was to produce - rejected Bramwell's suggestions. Bramwell subsequently dismissed the song as "mundane".
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Guy Hamilton adapted an idea of his involving Bond in Disneyland for Scaramanga's funhouse. The funhouse was designed to be a place where Scaramanga could get the upper hand by distracting the adversary with obstacles, and was described by Peter Murton as a "melting pot of ideas" which made it "both a funhouse and a horror house"
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Tom Mankiewicz wrote a first draft for the script in 1973, delivering a script that was a battle of wills between Bond and Scaramanga, whom he saw as Bond's alter ego, "a super-villain of the stature of Bond himself." Tensions between Mankiewicz and Guy Hamilton and Mankiewicz's growing sense that he was "feeling really tapped out on Bond" led to the re-introduction of Richard Maibaum as the Bond screenwriter.
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While an actual wax figure of Roger Moore was used, Moore's stunt double Les Crawford was the cowboy figure, and Ray Marione played the Al Capone figure.
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This is the first Bond film since You Only Live Twice (1967) in which James Bond is played by the same actor as in the previous film.
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John Barry had only three weeks to compose the score.
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Third of five James Bond films where the title is the same name of a villain or a criminal organization in the movie. The others are Dr. No (1962), Goldfinger (1964), Quantum of Solace (2008), and Spectre (2015).
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Filming began on the Thai coast, continuing in Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Macao.
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Mary Goodnight drives a car of the model known as MG, the same initials as herself.
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Second of three feature film productions starring Roger Moore which have included the phrase "The Man..." in the title. They are The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1994) the latter being made-for-television. Moore also appeared much earlier in 1962 in an episode of The Saint (1962) (Season 6, Episode 18) which was entitled "The Man Who Gambled with Life" [See: The Saint: The Man Who Gambled with Life (1969)].
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Scaramanga's hideout is on Ko Khao Phing Kan, and Ko Tapu is often now referred to as James Bond Island both by locals and in tourist guidebooks.
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Longtail boats are referred to as "James Bond boats" in Thai tourist advertisements.
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In The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), as highly-paid assassin Scaramanga, Christopher Lee had custom-made gold bullets manufactured for himself. In the later film, Howling II: ... Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985), Lee's character of Stefan Crosscoe handles silver bullets for the killing of werewolves.
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Christopher Lee, who played the role of Scaramanga is the cousin of the author of James Bond, Ian Fleming.
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SERIES TRADEMARK: Second James Bond film to use the word "gold" or "golden" in the title The other two films are Goldfinger (1964) and GoldenEye (1995).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

James Bond kills only one person: Scaramanga.
Director Guy Hamilton has stated that the Nick Nack was intended as being a miniature version of the Oddjob character (they both wear black bowler-style hats)from Goldfinger (1964), a film he also directed. Nick Nack was the first villain (but a henchman) in the EON Production official series whose fate was to be captured and not killed.
Britt Ekland admitted to being terrified when filming the scene where she and Roger Moore escape from Scaramanga's island. In his autobiography, Moore pointed out one particular shot, right before the second explosion goes off, when Ekland falls to the floor; according to Ekland that wasn't acting. Moore came back, picked her up, and helped her go on. His arm was around her back as the second explosion went off, and he felt the tiny hairs on her skin get singed.
Marc Lawrence plays Rodney, the gangster who is shot by Scaramanga at the beginning of the movie. He also played a Las Vegas hood who works for Slumber Inc. in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). It is not clear whether or not they are intended to be the same character.
The body count of only six, including James Bond (Roger Moore)'s s one single kill of Scaramanga ('Christopher Lee'), are the lowest in the official spy series to date.
The secret headquarters for MI6 in Hong Kong Harbour was the wreck of the real life ship RMS Queen Elizabeth. The vessel had actually however been renamed before the time of filming and was known as the Seawise University.
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The first line of the Ian Fleming James Bond "The Man with the Golden Gun" novel read: "The Secret Service holds much that is kept secret even from very senior officers in the organization." The last line read: "At the same time, he knew, deep down, that love from Mary Goodnight, or from any other woman, was not enough for him. It would be like taking 'a room with a view'. For James Bond, the same view would always pall."
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